Altar-lantern

Altar-Lantern

a term occasionally found in old records describing the lanterns which were used in lieu of simple wax-tapers for the altar when erected temporarily and out-of-doors. Abroad they are found in the sacristies of many churches, and are frequently used, carried on either side of the crucifix at funerals, solemn processions of the blessed sacrament, in those parts of the Church where reservation of the holy eucharist is practiced.

 
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